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When we live in a practice of gratitude, when we do not take things or people for granted, we truly embody hospitality. This practice unravels the interdependent relationships between waste/disposability and ethnocentrism/xenophobia–between ecological collapse and humanitarian abuses. Storytelling is a vehicle we can use to attune to hospitality. I will offer participants opportunities to recognize the value of re-“discovering” our innate capacities to think beyond the habitual, thus expanding the possibilities of living our spiritual intelligence, our interconnectedness. We will ask how specific biblical and rabbinic ethics of co-implication (empathy) can develop a profound sense of individual agency and how that empowerment can lead to creative response-ability through collective/collaborative eco-social, spiritual justice.  Hospitality as an Antidote to Environmental Racism and Climate Chaos (

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